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Walk & Discover: Sorrento, the Amalfi Coast & Pompeii

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£1,698*per person


8 Days - Walk and Discover Tours

For centuries, the Sorrento peninsula and the Bay of Naples have attracted visitors eager to experience their dazzling scenery, tranquillity and abundance of world-class historical sights. Invasions by the Greeks, Phoenicians and Saracens have all left their marks, but it was the Romans whose legacy remains most obvious today. Our base for this tour is the picturesque town of Sorrento. There’s colour everywhere you look: tubs of red geraniums, dark blue clematis climbing up pastel-hued walls, and bougainvillea and roses in shades of pink decorating open spaces. Lemon trees are common – you can’t help but notice their fragrance as you wander. Mouthwatering aromas drift from restaurants and trattorias, and pavement cafés serve cappuccinos on every street corner.  We’ll also explore the striking Amalfi coast, famed for its limestone mountains, copses of pine and azure Mediterranean waters. Next it’s Capri, a picture-perfect island off the Sorrento peninsula that possesses a reputation as a veritable Garden of Eden. The skyline of the Bay of Naples is dominated by magnificent Mount Vesuvius, which has erupted spectacularly several times, most famously in 79AD when Pompeii and Herculaneum were entombed by a sea of molten rock and ash. Visits to these Roman towns highlight the scale of this catastrophic event and you’ll be amazed by their astonishing state of preservation.  Ultimately, there are few places in Europe that combine so much of interest in an area of such extraordinary scenery, making this an especially stimulating destination.


  • Arrive at the airport for your flight to Naples. We transfer by coach to Sorrento, where we stay seven nights with breakfast and dinner at the comfortable three-star Villa Maria. 
  • Since ancient Greek and Roman times, Sorrento has been known for its fabulous olive oil and our first walk takes us through the area’s legendary olive groves. Both Green and Blue routes begin in the hilltop village of Annunziata, with scenic views of the island of Capri, and end in Sorrento where the rest of the day is at your leisure. Green Walk Duration: 3 hours (5.3 miles) Altitude gain: 324 feet Terrain: stone paths, tarmac and gravel We walk along tiny alleys and olive groves as we pass through the town of Massa Lubrense. As we follow the winding path, we see stone houses and ancient stone walls, and catch views of the beautiful Bay of Naples and Mount Vesuvius in the distance. Take in excellent views over Sorrento as our descent takes us back to the town centre. Blue Walk Duration: 4 hours (7.2 miles) Altitude gain: 577 feet Terrain: stone paths, tarmac and gravel From Termini, we make our way down to Annunziata, enjoying stunning views along the way. Our walk continues through olive groves following the same route as the Green walk, stopping at Massa Lubrense along the way.
  • Today we take a short boat ride to discover Capri’s charms. It has long been the most desirable part of the Bay of Naples, attracting Roman emperors and Hollywood stars alike. The main town is perched on a hill overlooking the quaint harbour, with whitewashed restaurants and shops lining the streets. You have some time to explore the island, maybe join a boat trip around the island or make your way to the famous Blue Grotto – the large sea cave named for the incandescent blue light that bathes the cavern. Take a short walk from the harbour and you’ll find yourself in near-deserted lanes that pass terraced vineyards and lemon groves, with spectacular views of the rugged coastline and sea below – a true Mediterranean paradise.
  • On your free day in Sorrento, perhaps browse the numerous boutiques and sit down to a leisurely lunch in your choice of restaurant.
  • Today we experience the sublime Amalfi coast as we wind around glorious pine-clad cliffs that tumble into the Mediterranean. Just inland is the stunning village of Ravello, where after some free time to explore, we begin our walk. Green Walk Duration: 2 hours (3 miles) Altitude gain: 422 feet Terrain: stone steps, pavement and gravel tracks Blue Walk Duration: 4 hours (4.7 miles) Altitude gain: 819 feet Terrain: stone steps, tracks, country roads and gravel tracks Leaving Ravello, we are rewarded with panoramic views of the coast. The Green walk descends a stone stairway through narrow terraces that seem to cling to the hillside, while the Blue route journeys through wooded hills before descending through the terraces.  We follow the delightful Il Sentiero dei Limoni – the Path of Lemons – an enticing walk through the authentic heart of the Amalfi coast, where we get a glimpse of the relaxed pace of life enjoyed by locals. Of course, the path also takes us past the fragrant lemon orchards where the famed Amalfi lemons are grown.  Both walks end in Maiori, a fishing town that was once the principal port of the Republic of Amalfi. There’s free time after to discover the town, so why not wander along the seafront and taste their fresh pasta for which they are famous?
  • Pompeii is so much more than a collection of ruins. Our guided tour highlights its astonishing state of preservation – streets, temples, baths and even the amphitheatre remain largely intact. Many buildings still have murals and mosaics, while others are inscribed with graffiti describing political events, romantic entanglements and even gossip of the time.  Later, we’ll visit a family-owned, working farm and enjoy a simple lunch featuring the farm’s own products and other locally sourced ingredients.
  • Today we take the Amalfi coast road to the town of Scala, where our Valle delle Ferriere walk begins. Green Walk Duration: 2.5 hours (3 miles) Altitude gain: 255 feet Terrain: stone steps (both uphill and downhill), tarmac and woodland paths Blue Walk Duration: 4 hours (5 miles) Altitude gain: 984 feet Terrain: stone steps (both uphill and downhill), tarmac and woodland paths The green walk starts in the town of Minuta taking a staircase down to the halmet of Pontone. Here we join the Valle Delle Ferriere nature reserve with its many small waterfalls and historic ruins. The blue walk starts in the town of Scala, following the nature reserve to Pontone, before continuing along the same trail as the green walk to Amalfi. Both walks end in Amalfi where you will have some free time before returning to Sorrento.
  • Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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Holiday Highlights

  • Happy by day two or we'll bring you home with a full refund
  • Take a guided walk through Sorrento’s renowned olive groves and enjoy amazing views of the Bay of Naples and Mount Vesuvius
  • Enjoy a guided walk from enchanting Ravello along the delightful Path of Lemons for a glimpse of authentic local life
  • Take a boat trip to the beautiful island of Capri, with the opportunity to visit the Blue Grotto
  • Discover the ancient Roman towns of Pompeii with a local guide
  • Seven nights in three-star accommodation, inclusive of all local taxes, with breakfast and dinner
  • A local specialist walking guide to accompany you on all walks

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3* Villa Maria - Sorrento -


  Why choose this hotel? We selected the Villa Maria because of it’s friendly and welcoming atmosphere, and excellent central location, next to the maze-like old town. About the hotel The three-star Hotel Villa Maria provides all the comforts of a modern, purpose-built property. The bedrooms are simply furnished and of course have a private bathroom, air-conditioning, safe and TV. Please note the use of air-conditioning in hotels in Italy is at the hotel’s discretion and is normally restricted to the summer months (mid-May to mid-September), depending on the temperature. The hotel has a good quality restaurant serving a buffet breakfast in the morning and a delicious varied menu for evening meals. Spend your free time relaxing in the extensive bar and lounge area. Complimentary Wi-Fi available in the common area. The rooftop swimming pool and adjacent sun terrace is the ideal spot to soak up the sun, equipped with sun-loungers and umbrellas. Pool towels are available at €2 per towel per day. Please note that the pool will be open during the summer months, depending on weather conditions. Can I upgrade my room? Yes! Room upgrades are subject to availability at the relevant supplement. Contact the Reservations Team to request an upgrade. Location The hotel is ideally located just 500m from Piazza Tasso, the lovely main square in the centre of Sorrento. There are endless stylish boutiques nearby, plus many cafes and bars to sit back enjoy a coffee in true Italian style.

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